One of the fastest growing trends in the site selection business is the demand for certified industrial sites. As companies continue to put pressure on the time allowed for making a location decision as well as the time required to start construction and complete the project, the need for certified sites increases. The location decision process demands available sites, and those sites need to be ready for development. Companies looking to build new facilities want sites that are shovel-ready and relatively risk free.
In an effort to capitalize on this trend, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) rolled out its certified site program in May 2012. This is an independent, third-party certification program which uses the nationally recognized site selection firm of McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) as the sole certifying agent. MSC has designed a program based on a combination of industry needs as well as Iowa’s targeted industries and natural assets.
McCallum Sweeney Consulting, out of Greenville, SC was chosen based on their experience as site selectors as well as their groundbreaking work with mega site certification for the Tennessee Valley Authority. They bring more than 70 years of combined senior staff experience to the program.
The program objective is to develop a portfolio of certified sites that will make Iowa more competitive in site selection projects. Certification benefits include effective pro-active marketing; prepares the community for better re-active marketing; educates the developer on the site’s strengths and weaknesses; speeds up the development schedule by having due diligence completed.
Watch Governor Branstad announce the Certification here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCEvzmmjxMc&list=UU2sB1Xtho61GzWk6SA19yxA